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Cocoanuts Buy Tickets >>
Friday, 5/22
2:00 pm
Monday, 5/25
12:00 pm

 
Animal Crackers Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, 5/23
12:00 pm
Monday, 5/25
2:00 pm


Monkey Business Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, 5/23
2:00 pm
Tuesday, 5/26
2:00 pm

 
Horse Feathers Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, 5/24
12:00 pm
Wednesday, 5/27
2:00 pm

 
Duck Soup Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, 5/24
2:00 pm
Thursday, 5/28
2:00 pm

 
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Marxist Manifesto: The Paramount Years

The Greatest Comedy Team in Motion Picture History 5/22 - 5/28

The four Marx Brothers transitioned from stage to screen with the advent of sound. Each sporting a distinct personality, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo became the greatest comedy team in the history of motion pictures at Paramount, the studio that entrusted writers of the caliber of George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and S.J. Perelman to fashion their wild antics into a brand of comedy that remains relevant to this day. Often subjected to censorship, the Brothers spared no sacred cows, blithely skewering everything and everyone in sight. They were flat-out witty and thrived with comedy of a highly literate nature, inconceivable in today's context of gross-out humor.
 

Film Schedule:

Cocoanuts
Friday, May 22 at 2:00 pm & Monday, May 25 at 12:00 pm 
The very first Marxist extravaganza also features unflappable Margaret Dumont in her first of seven film assaults by Groucho. The maiden comedy is based on a play by George S. Kaufman concerning the Florida land boom of the 1920s that is replete with unsuspecting victims about to be fleeced by a host of con artists. Business as usual in the Sunshine State. Morrie Ryskind is credited with the first of four screenplay adaptions for the Brothers. And co-director Robert Florey came up with the Harpo stunts of drinking from an inkwell (actually Coca-Cola) and nibbling the telephone mouthpiece (actually chocolate). The critic for New Yorker was spot-on when he wrote: "To the Marxes belongs the success of the show, and their peculiar talents seem, surprisingly enough, more manifest on the screen than on the stage." Amen.
U.S., 1929, 96 min, 2k DCP, Dir. Robert Florey, Joseph Santley, Unrated but suitable for all ages



Animal Crackers
Saturday, May 23 at 12:00 pm & Monday, May 25 at 2:00 pm 
Famed African explorer Captain Spaulding (Groucho) turns investigator when a valuable painting is stolen during a party in his honor at the estate of society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). Directed by Victor Heerman and adapted for the screen by Morrie Ryskind from a play he co-wrote with George S. Kaufman, the comedy features "Hello, I Must Be Going" and "Hooray for Captain Spaulding", Kalmar-Ruby songs that became recurring themes for Groucho over the years. Aside from far-too-many one-liners to mention and a parody of Eugene O'Neill, Animal Crackers marks Robert Greig's first screen appearance as a butler, a role he was to reprise in countless classic comedies, including Horse Feathers.
U.S., 1930, 97 min, 2k DCP, Dir. Victor Heerman, Rated G and suitable for all ages


Monkey Business
Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm & Tuesday, May 26 at 2:00 pm 
The Brothers are stowaways in an ocean liner to America, pressed into service while trying to evade the ship's crew. The first of their comedies to be co-written by the great humorist (and Woody Allen idol) S.J. Perelman and directed by Norman Z. McLeod features a hilarious set-piece with the Brothers individually trying to impersonate Maurice Chevalier at customs by singing "You Brought A New Kind of Love to Me". Monkey Business was a resounding success everywhere it played and was banned in some countries for fear it would encourage anarchy. It did, but nobody was harmed.
U.S., 1931, 77 min, 2k DCP, Dir. Norman Z. McLeod, Unrated but suitable for all ages


Horse Feathers
Sunday, May 24 at 12:00 pm & Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00 pm 
The butt of the humor is college football and the barbs are timely as they refer to elastic admission standards. The irreverent tone is set from the opening number, "I'm Against It!", where Huxley college president Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) leads a group of professors in a memorable song-and-dance: "I don't care what they have to say / It makes no difference anyway / I'm against it." The climactic football game against rival Darwin College was hailed by ESPN as one of the greatest football-related scenes in movie history and was featured on the cover of Time. Norman Z. McLeod repeats at the helm and the great S.J. Perelman is credited with the screenplay along with the songwriting duo of Kalmar-Ruby. The latter's "Everyone Says I Love You" became the title of a much-loved Woody Allen classic.
U.S., 1932, 68 min, 2k DCP, Dir. Norman Z. McLeod, Unrated but suitable for all ages

 
Duck Soup
Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 pm & Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 pm 
The Brothers leave Paramount in style with a film that would come to be recognized not only as their finest but simply as one of the great American comedies of all time. For once in their career they were directed by a master, Leo McCarey, the man who shaped the comic personas of Laurel & Hardy and Cary Grant. Witness the mirror scene, peerless in the annals of "sound" comedy. Margaret Dumont is back as a dowager willing to bankroll the bankrupt country of Freedonia as long as Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) is installed as leader. Duck Soup marked the final screen appearance of fourth Brother Zeppo, hailed by James Agee as "a peerlessly cheesy improvement on the traditional straight man." As to the title's meaning, Groucho explains: "Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. You'll duck soup for the rest of your life." Curio alert: listen for Cuban standard "Peanut Vendor" on the soundtrack.
U.S., 1933, 68 min, 2k DCP, Dir. Leo McCarey, Rated G and suitable for all ages

 




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